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Cram Field Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2015-02

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of seventeen photographic prints of Cram Field Davenport, Iowa including airplanes, groups of men, exteriors of hangars and buildings, interiors; suspect 1940s based on calendars hanging on walls and one label; 15 8 x 10 prints and 2 snapshots all black and white.

The creators are the Times photographer, Joe Boll, M+M Ariels from Spirit Lake, Iowa, Lee Moyne Mark, and other photographs have no identification.


  • 1940s

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are available for use in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center only.

Request permission before copying materials.

Personal digital cameras and scanners are allowed in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center on a case-by-case basis. The items that a researcher may want to scan or photograph must be examined and evaluated for physical condition, copyright issues, and donor restrictions by staff.

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Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Biographical / Historical

Cram Field - Davenport Municipal Airport 1926-1949 Cram Field was dedicated November 11, 1928 in honor of Ralph W. Cram, local newspaper editor and nationally recognized in aviation. Located on Division Street and Duck Creek, this airfield had rock-surfaced runways, was equipped for night landings and was on the United States Army’s air mail route. It had a large hangar, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, a restaurant and was one of the best airfields in the Midwest. During World War II Naval Aviation cadets attending St. Ambrose College took flight training there.


17 Photographic Prints (in 1 folder.)

.001 Linear Feet (in 1 folder.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Range 44 Section 3

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Physical Description

poor - brittle, cracking emulsion; curled. Individually sleeved to prevent further curling.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

About the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center:

The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

Books and other printed materials in the collection can be found using a Library Search. For additional digital resources, browse the Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive. For more information about specific subjects relating to Scott County History, please browse the Research Guides.
Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center
Davenport Public Library
321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490
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